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Study in Mexico

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Study abroad in Mexico and explore the Latin American immigration experience and the many significant connections between the United States and Mexico.

Join in learning about what might be your own roots and connecting with Hispanic students, their families and Latin American history and culture.

Through a hybrid online and in-person experience in Mexico City, you will enroll in Global Studies 2001 or 2003 and learn about topics such as US and Mexico immigration history, Mexican regional cultural differences, the Mexico education systems, and others. 

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Additional Information

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Program dates: June 1- July 22, 2024
Travel dates: July 9-18, 2024

Through a hybrid online and in-person experience in Mexico, you will enroll in Global Studies 2001 or 2003 and learn about these important topics:

  • U.S. and Mexico immigration history
  • U.S. and Mexican immigration law and policies including paths to citizenship and both opportunities for and barriers to legal status in both the United States and Mexico.
  • Mexican regional cultural differences
  • Rural vs urban life in Mexico
  • The Mexican economy 
  • U.S. economic interest and policies in Latin America
  • Family migration histories
  • The Mexican education system
  • Central and South American immigrant experience in Mexico
  • Current political issues in Mexico that relate to migration and immigration

Community members may audit (AU) with permission of the instructor.

Projected Travel Itinerary

July 9

  • Depart XNA for Mexico City
  • Arrive at Benito Juarez and private bus transfer to Centro
  • Check into hotel, drop bags and refresh
  • Orientation walking tour of the neighborhood. Identify pharmacy, grocery story/bodega, ATMs, public safety facilities.
  • Historical and cultural walking tour of the Center with certified local guides
  • Welcome Dinner

July 10

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer to Casa Tochan to meet with refugee aid organizers to learn more about their work with Central American migrants in Mexico.
  • Service-learning project
  • Group lunch
  • Market walking culinary tour
  • Free time and cultural immersion in Centro, dinner on your own/small groups

July 11

  • Breakfast at the hotel, morning discussion of what we experienced the previous day at Casa Tochan
  • Transfer to Chapultepec Castle and National Museum of Anthropology guided tour
  • Group lunch
  • Transfer to la Casa Azul for a private guided tour
  • Group dinner and discussion of Frida’s self-portrait on the Borderline between Mexico and the United States, 1932

July 12

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to The Zona Arqueológica de Teotihuacán and  Basilica de Guadalupe guided tour
  • Group lunch and discussion
  • Farewell to Mexico City group dinner

July 13

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to migrant village
  • Overnight in Migrant Village and delivery of service-learning collected items for kids and migrants living in the village
  • Service Learning and discussion with villagers
  • Group lunch
  • Group dinner

July 14

  • Breakfast in the village
  • Transfer to Puebla
  • Lunch and food tour
  • Continue to Oaxaca
  • Check into Holiday Inn Express Oaxaca-Centro Historico, an IHG Hotel, drop bags and refresh
  • Neighborhood orientation walking tour: Identify pharmacy, grocery story/bodega, ATMs, public safety facilities.
  • Group dinner

July 15

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to Collin A.C migrant support organization, service-learning lunch service project
  • Group Lunch, Discussion
  • Oaxaca Architecture City tour and Santo Domingo colonial art history museum
  • Return to hotel to relax/refresh
  • Traditional Chocolate making class
  • Group dinner

July 16

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Benito Juarez culinary market tour
  • Return to hotel to relax and refresh
  • Farewell to Mexico group dinner

July 17

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Free time and cultural immersion in Oaxaca City

July 18

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to airport to return home

Program Fees: $3,800

Scholarships available for current, degree-seeking part-time and full-time NWACC students and NWACC alumni.

Cost for single occupancy upgrade: $500

  • Round trip airfare 
  • Lodging on site
  • Admission to sites and attractions that are part of the program's curriculum.
  • In-country transportation
  • Travel health and extraction insurance
  • All breakfasts and most other meals

What the Fee Does Not Include:

  • New passport application fees (if applicable)
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • NWACC course tuition and fees
  • Meals on your own
  • Optional excursions
  • Immediate medical expenses

Program Deposit Deadline: March 15 
Program Fee Deadline: April 30

Finance Your Trip:

NWACC makes studying abroad accessible to students through financial aid, scholarships, payment plans and other options. Learn more about various financial options and accessing the payment portal

  • Use NWACC's portal to make a payment.  
  • As a participant, you may pay a reduced rate if you are receiving financial aid, grants, and/or scholarships in benefit your study abroad program. Please email with evidence of awards prior to the program fee deadline to confirm exact payment amount.
  • Learn how to finance your trip.

Dr. Sevin Gallo
World History and Global Studies Faculty and Director of Global Learning

Codie Ryan
Director of International Programs

Juanita Olivares Franklin
Director of Hispanic Initiatives and LIFE Program